Friends, Waffles, and Work: First Edition

Leslie Knope, one of my favorite television characters of all time, says that the important things in life are friends, waffles, and work. “Friends, Waffles, and Work” is my newest series of blog entries, inspired by Gala Darling’s  Things I Love Thursday and other bloggers who take the time to write about things they love and what they are thankful for. 

This week has left me feeling a little rough around the edges. Maybe it’s just because my first overnight shift left me exhausted and grouchy, or job hunting has gotten the best of me.

Whatever the case, it’s not a very good feeling, and it has the ability to trigger the all-too familiar “I’m twenty-something and having a crisis” cry fest.

Fortunately, my boyfriend listened to my worries (which are practically never-ending), and I felt reassured that my world wasn’t ending. Sometimes it takes a bit of a breakdown to realize you’re doing okay after all.

Still, I want to make more of an effort to practice gratitude; it’s too easy to get bogged down by negativity and make it your reality. My goal is to write about all the amazingly awesome things in my life once a week. Feel free to keep me accountable, because I’m easily distracted.

“In daily life we must see that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratefulness that makes us happy.”
David Steindl-Rast

Here is what has been on my heart after this week:

I am grateful to have a home. A place that my boyfriend and I can just be. I love laughing at the mischief Constable Chubs gets into. I love lighting candles and cooking simple meals and practicing yoga in the living room. I love reading out loud to one another. I love the trees in our backyard and the tiny gazebo in the middle of our street.

I spend a lot of time complaining about going to work (because who wants to go to work when you could be in your pajamas at home, right?), but my job is a huge blessing. So many people do not have same opportunities, and a source of income should not be taken for granted.  I love finding new books to add to my reading list.  I love the discounts. I love how I am learning more about myself and about people. I love how kids get excited when they find the perfect book.

I have the absolute best people in my life; my family and friends are wonderful. I cannot express how happy I am to know and love each and every one of them. God knew what he was doing when he brought us together.

Oh, and thank God for the technology that lets me contact them whenever I want. As lovely as hand-written notes are, I’d be lost if I had to wait for letters week after week.

Other happy little thoughts:

The Hamilton soundtrack. The Miitomo app. Sleeping in. Talking to my mom after a long day. Anticipating the new season of Game of Thrones. Making book recommendations to customers. Past seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race FOR FREE on Amazon Video. The miracle of the no-shampoo method. Arlo from Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. Group texts that never end. Baseball games. Travel plans. Library books. Modern medicine, because it makes allergies manageable. Discovering Airbnb. Sunny days and knowing that summer is almost here. Spending hours talking to my cousin on Facebook chat.

Until next time, my loves!

What are you in love with this week? How do you practice gratitude in your life? 

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